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Now thatMayor Vince Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, all eyes are on D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson to see if he can find the one extra vote on the council he still needs to override the veto.


  • Thursday was a bloody day in D.C., with four shootings reported in northwest Washington in 24 hours, including one along the busy 1800 block of 14th Street NW just before 9 p.m. [News4]
  • Metro announced Thursday a $1.5 billion deal with a Japanese-based company that would replace half of Metro’s rail cars within the next five years. [Washington Post]
  • The District Department of Transportation will assess the 4th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW intersection, where a number of pedestrians and cyclists have been struck. [DCist]

Power Five: Now that Mayor Vince Gray has vetoed the living wage, Walmart says it will resume plans to build five stores in the District—if, of course, the council doesn’t override the veto.

Comfort Food: Head to Columbia Height’s Kangaroo Boxing Club for a late night Fuck’it Bucket; you get to eat everything and anything the chefs want you to consume.

Vigil Vigilante: The Park Police removed the longtime protest Peace Tent in front of the White House early Thursday morning after the person manning the tent overnight left it. The structure was later put back.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • After Vince Gray vetoes the living wage bill, Phil Mendelson maneuvers to attempt override on Tuesday. [WAMU, LLPost]
  • Here’s where Gray got the figure that the bill would kill 4,000 jobs. [Housing Complex]
  • Evidence that Jeff Thompson funded a shadow campaign for Hillary Clinton could, somehow, help Gray. [Post]
  • Investigation into Thompson focuses on role of Minyon Moore in Clinton campaign. [Post]
  • WSJ predicts big things from the Thompson scandal. [WSJ]
  • The Silver Line debuts on the Metro map. [WAMU]
  • Carjackers rear-end their victims, steal their cars. [City Desk]
  • Vandalized stop sign = mark of a neighborhood’s hipster bona fides? [Post]
  • Post ed board asks Dan Snyder to ditch the Pigskins’ other, racist name. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The glory days of D.C. architecture [Ghosts of DC]
  • DDOT will address accident-prone intersection of 4th and Mass NW. [DCist]
  • A response to my column on affordable housing in Ward 8 [CHOTR]
  • Georgia Avenue strip club getting a facelift. [New Columbia Heights]
  • Craigslist for young people [UrbanTurf]
  • Various reactions to the living wage bill veto [DCist]
  • Glover Park project crane will hover over Joe Biden‘s house, required Secret Service approval. [WBJ]
  • Imagining a few more Trump buildings in D.C. [Curbed]
  • Today on the market: Mount Pleasant rowhouse

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • This year’s Kennedy Center Honorees include two Latinos, Carlos Santana and Martina Arroyo. Other recipients are Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, and Shirley MacLaine. [New York Times]
  • Metro Connection on the history of Gala Hispanic Theatre and its place in D.C. [WAMU]
  • U Street’s Duke Ellington Memorial won’t be restored, but it will be replaced. [PoPville]
  • Arlington woman leaves $700,000 in her will for Arlington Public Library. [ARLnow]
  • In the wake of book-trashing incident, Fairfax postpones passing library reforms. [Post]
  • Metro Weekly publishes its fall arts guide. [Metro Weekly]
  • A mini-interview with Black Cat owner Dante Ferrando [Express]
  • An interview with DJ and Showtime owner Soul Call Paul [DCist]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A must-read about the life of Estadio/Proof owner Mark Kuller [Washingtonian]
  • Restaurateur Richard Sandoval chats about his new projects. [Post]
  • Hill Country Barbecue hosts last summer bash at the Building Museum. [PoPville]
  • Try Chaya tacos at the White House farmers market. [Express]
  • Equinox owners hire BLT Steak bartender Steve Oshana. [Washingtonian]
  • GBD introduces Uncle Buck, a doughnut breakfast sandwich. [Eater]
  • Restaurants near D.C that are worth the trip [Zagat]